CPAC this year looked more like a Trump rally than a political conference.
Supporters wait for the arrival of former President Donald Trump at CPAC. Photograph by Evy Mages
The annual Conservative Political Action Conference, better known as CPAC, wrapped up this past weekend at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
Looking more like a Trump rally than a political conference, the annual event involved rambling (and inaccurate) remarks from former President Trump, MAGA merch booths filled with tchotchkes and apparel (including bedazzled gun-shaped purses), and the notable absence of many Republican leaders.
Our reporter Sylvie McNamara covered the scene outside the convention center, where she struggled to keep up with conspiracy-laden conversations on satanic cannibalism and JFK Jr. Photographer Evy Mages, meanwhile, got inside.